Girdle meaning

gûrdl
The edge of a cut gem held by the setting.
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(anatomy) The pelvic or pectoral girdle.
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To remove a ring of bark from (a tree) as by cutting or chewing.
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A band made around the trunk of a tree by the removal of a strip of bark.
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To encircle with a belt.
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To form a circle around.

A ring of hills that girdled the city.

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To remove a band of bark and cambium from the circumference of (a tree), usually in order to kill it.
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(archaic) A belt or sash for the waist.
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Anything that surrounds or encircles.
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A woman's elasticized undergarment for supporting or molding the waist and hips.
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The rim of a cut gem.
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A ring made by removing bark around the trunk of a tree, so as to kill it.
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(anat.) A bony arch or encircling structure supporting the limbs.

The pelvic girdle.

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To surround or bind, as with a girdle.
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To encircle.
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(anatomy) The pelvic or pectoral girdle.
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To kill a tree or woody shrub by removing or destroying a band of bark and cambium from its circumference. The plants die because the distribution of food down from the leaves (through the phloem) and sometimes the flow of water and nutrients up from the roots (through the xylem) is disrupted, and the cambium can no longer regenerate these vascular tissues to repair the damage. Unwanted trees, such as invasive or nonnative species, are often eliminated by girdling. Some plant diseases kill trees by destroying a ring of cambium and so girdling them. Gnawing animals, especially rodents, can also girdle trees.
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A belt or elasticated corset; especially, a belt, sash, or article of dress encircling the body usually at the waist, often used to support stockings or hosiery.
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The zodiac; also, the equator.

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The line of greatest circumference of a brilliant-cut diamond, at which it is grasped by the setting.

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(mining) A thin bed or stratum of stone.

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The clitellum of an earthworm.
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(Scotland, Northern England) Alternative form of griddle.
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To gird, encircle, or constrain by such means.
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To kill or stunt a tree by removing or inverting a ring of bark.
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Origin of girdle

  • Middle English girdel from Old English gyrdel gher-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English grydel.

    From Wiktionary